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Tourism can be a game changer in Northeast region: G Kishan Reddy

Kishan Reddy

NE’s infrastructural development will enhance the tourism potential: Meghwal

DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 13: Union Minister of Tourism, Culture and DoNER, G Kishan Reddy today said that tourism can be a game changer that can bring socio-economic change in the nation especially in Northeast Region.

Inaugurating the 2-day conference of Tourism and Culture Ministers of Northeastern States at Guwahati, the Minister said that under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme, which focuses on integrated development of theme-based tourist circuits, the Ministry has sanctioned 16 projects in the Northeastern region. He further added that his Ministry is giving special emphasis on developing infrastructure, ground capacity and skills in Northeast region.
He said that the Tourism Ministry is also providing branding and marketing assistance to the Northeast region through its various schemes and flagship initiatives.
Reddy informed that under the PRASHAD schemes the Ministry has sanctioned a number of projects in the region. Approximately Rs 200 crore has been sanctioned for these projects, he added.
Talking about the initiatives under DoNER Ministry, the Minister informed that in the budget of 2021-22, the budget allocation to Northeastern States is Rs 68,020 crore. He urged all State Governments in the region to submit viable proposals so that the full amount allocated across various Ministries can be successfully utilized.
According to a PIB release, Chief Minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma asserted that holistic approach is required for the development of tourism sector in NE zone. As a whole the Northeast as a brand has to be promoted and connectivity and infrastructure facilities need to be developed, he added.
Union Minister of State for Culture and Parliamentary Affairs, Arjun Ram Meghwal, in his address, said that tourism development is the core subject of this conference and Northeast has all the potential for it.
The Northeastern States have made their own identities in various sectors and each State has unique talent and potential, he said.
Asserting that the infrastructural development in Northeast will enhance tourism development, the Minister said that the development in the tourism sector will automatically help the other allied sectors to develop and it will help the nation to grow.
Talking about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision, he said that according to Prime Minister without the development of Northeast India the overall development of the country is not possible.
Union Minister of State for Tourism and Defence, Ajay Bhatt said that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership the country is seeing development in every sector.

In today’s event, an MoU, between Ministry of Tourism and IRCTC, was signed for cooperation in promoting domestic tourism and development of new tourism products.
Senior officials of various Central Ministries, State Governments in the region, as well as industry representatives, participated in the conference. The conference aimed to apprise the participants about the several projects and initiatives being undertaken by the Central Government for the Northeast region’s development.
The 2-day conference of Tourism and Culture Ministers of Northeastern States has been organized under the Chairmanship of Minister of Tourism, Culture and DONER, to discuss development of tourism and issues related to connectivity in the Northeastern Region.
(Page News Service)